As you walk through Fitzgerald’s Park in the spring, you will see some magnificent examples of our early flowering trees such as Magnolia, Cherry and Cercis.
Ones to watch out for include Magnolia denudate Yellow River where delicate pale buttery yellow buds are followed by beautiful large yellow flowers with a citrus fragrance, Magnolia Spectrum which has gorgeous rich pinkish red flowers and Magnolia stellate, the Star Magnolia, with its large, showy white or pink flowers.
The pick of the cherries are the Prunus yedoensis multi-stem with its fragrant white flowers, and Prunus serrulate Tai Haku with its large brilliant white flowers framed by perfectly bronze foliage. A stunning contrast is the glorious abundance of deep pink flowers in late April – May of Cercis siliquastrum.
Summer and Autumn in the park brings the beautifully rich and textured foliage of Koelruteria paniculate whose foliage blazes orange and yellow before the onset of winter, and the star shaped foliage of Liquidambar sty. Worplesdon, with its display of autumn colour that begins with yellow and orange, developing into vibrant claret red. One not to miss is the tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, which has myriad shades of golden yellows and coppery browns in Autumn.